Re: Brady suddenly struggling in Pats’ biggest games
posted at 1/29/2012 12:14 PM EST
In Response to Re: Brady suddenly struggling in Pats’ biggest games
[QUOTE]I'm not buying it. 2007- With 2 minutes to go he throws the game winner then the defense lets Eli drive the field. 2009- he stunk 2010- 2 TDs 1 INT 64.4 % completion and 300 yards, most of the time that's a winning stat. Down by 3 going into the 4th and the defense gives up a 58 YARD PASS on the second play of the fourth quarter (longest pass in the 2010 playoffs), and let the Jets drive 75 yards in 5 plays. Brady pulls them to within a TD and the defense gives up a 16 YARD run to Tomlinson. In the end Sanchez throws for 2 4quarter TDs and a 137 rating. When you let a QB do that, you will lose. 2011- just a 105 rating against the Ravens and Broncos. Yes, that's a higher rating than Eli has this post season even though we here how great he's playing. Oh, yeah there was also that 4th quarter game winning TD against the best defense in the NFL.
Posted by shenanigan[/QUOTE]
That awful SB loss to the Giants seemed to shake Tom's confidence. Such a devastating loss would have had a detrimental effect on anyone.
I give Tom a pass for 2009. Though he played poorly, so did the whole team...particularly the defense. It also didn't help him that his top receiver, Wes Welker, blew out his knee just the week before the Ravens' game. That 83 yard TD run on the games' opening play
by Ray Rice seemed to take the heart out of the entire team.
The awful 2010 loss to the Jets...that one's on Tom. There are those who will point to his 89 passing rating for that game. But, Tom threw that awful interception on the Pats' initial drive, missed several open receivers, and seemed to have happy feet throughout the game.
This year, after a superlative game against an inferior Denver squad, he played poorly against the Ravens. But for the play of Vince Wilfolk and the "D", the Pats would have been beaten.
This coming Sunday is a chance for Brady to redeem himself, and regain his mojo. But, regardless of what happens in Indy, Tom and BB are both first ballot Hall of Famers. Both will go down as among the greatest QBs and coaches of all-time.
That said, this game represents a rare second chance for Brady and BB to cement their legacies. In SB 42, the 2007 Pats lost their chance to go down as the greatest team in NFL history. But, if Tom leads the Pats to a another SB title in Indy, he must go down as the games' greatest QB...and BB must go down as the games' greatest coach. For them, it's that big.